Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Vol. 26, No. 2, 2019, pp. 114-121
Bioline Code: mj19027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2019, pp. 114-121
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Validity and Reliability of the Wii Balance Board for Static Balance Assessment in Healthy Young Adults|
Kaewkaen, Kitchana; Uthama, Suraphong; Ruengsirarak, Worasak & Puntumetakul, Rungthip
Introduction: The Wii Balance Board (WBB) is a commonly used tool for balance
assessment, however the inconsistency in the reported validity for the WBB when used for the
assessment of healthy young adults needs to be clarified.
Aim: To investigate the concurrent validity and reliability of the WBB for balance
assessment in healthy young adults.
Methods: Thirty-two young adults participated in this study. Their ability to balance was
tested while standing on a WBB and a laboratory-grade force platform, under three conditions:
feet together with eyes open, feet together with eyes closed and semi-tandem standing with eyes
open. They had 10 min resting period between tests. The agreement between the WBB and the
laboratory-grade force platform was investigated, and the reliability of the WBB was determined.
Results: A poor agreement between the WBB and the laboratory-grade force platform
was found for all standing conditions [intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) = 0.03 to 0.07].
A moderate to high reliability was found for the WBB for balance assessment in healthy young
adults (ICC = 0.66 to 0.76).
Conclusion: The WBB was found to be a reliable tool for static balance assessment in
healthy young adults. However, it had poor validity compared to the laboratory-grade force
balance assessment; young adults; Wii Balance Board
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